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A Way in the World A Novel [PDF / Epub] ✅ A Way in the World A Novel Author V.S. Naipaul – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk In his long awaited vastly innovative new novel Naipaul one of literature's great travelers Los Angles Times spans continents and centuries to create what is at once an autobiography and a fictional a In his long awaited in the PDF/EPUB å vastly innovative new novel Naipaul one of literature's great travelers Los Angles Times spans continents and centuries to create what is at once an autobiography and a fictional archaeology of colonialism Dickensian a brilliant new prism through which to view Naipaul's life and work New York A Way MOBI :Ê Times.


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  1. WILLIAM2 WILLIAM2 says:

    I have said in my comments on this site that I think that the millenarian tendencies of some of my shall we say zealous Christian forebears might have made me keenly receptive to dystopic narratives among other grim eschatological works We know there are talents as well as resemblances not to say cognitive skills and deficits that pass from one generation to the next Having said that and having just finished my second reading of this Naipaul gem I wonder if Naipaul's own forebears might not have prepared him for a certain hyper vigilance to status and caste Naipaul is descended from a high caste Brahmin family One of the singular features of all of his work has always been a hyper awareness of status that is unlike anything I know in any other contemporary writer Who stands where in the social pecking order how that standing has altered over time whether someone is higher in repute fame success than they were in the past or lower and why —all of these concerns fascinate Naipaul Now you could argue I suppose 'well he's a writer naturally he would have keen observations about character and related matters' To that I would respond yes true but there is something uniue about the content of Naipaul's observations and his remarks upon them There is a pitiless honesty yes but also something Is this the result of some kind of genetic hardwiring? This is something the cognitive sciences have only begun to study So I wanted to think out loud a little here and ask if my Naipaul loving GR friends might have any insight into this aspect of his work Has anyone else marked this penchant of Naipaul's?PS Please read Brent Staples review of A Way in the World from the New York Times I think it's excellenthttpwwwnytimescombooks980607


  2. Joshua Joshua says:

    I read this book about 12 13 years ago for a graduate class but promptly forgot about it probably because I didn't finish it It's one of the few Naipaul books I hadn't truly read so when I found it for sale at a used bookstore I figured it was time I feared it would be like some of his longer dryer travel books; observations mixed with history all interesting but a bit ponderous at times I couldn't have been mistaken The book is riveting original fascinating and perhaps his very best work rivaling or at least side by side with A House for Mr Biswas or In a Free State What makes this book so uniue is its form no longer interested in writing novels Naipaul creates his own form a uasi memoir travelogue history that takes places in various places lands and times yet is all connected through his own voice and character The book opens with his memories of Trinidad working in a government office in the months before he left for studies in Oxford He lets a lot of actual autobiography seep through here though it's always fictionalized and carefully examined Then we get a longer section about the same character a stand in for Naipaul in England who befriends an English author who once wrote of Trinidad in a typical travel book and yet he came much closer to the rest in seeing something of the true place Through their meetings and conversations 'Naipaul' learns the sad fate of the author and the art transcended the man himself who can no longer see what made it original or his writing speak This breaks off into a long historical narrative about the search for El Dorado and is perhaps the best part of the book Naipaul's knowledge of this period is absolute so he conjures it up without wearing his learning on his sleeve Though writing about Sir Walter Raleigh's failed mission to find the fabled city and bring back shiploads of gold it sounds as contemporary as any of his novels and reveals the festering heart of the postcolonial world which shapes modern Trinidad The next part of the book follows the exploits of Francisco Miranda a would be revolutionary who comes to Trinidad buoyed with English hopes of empire only to find himself trapped in a web of intrigue and disappointment Here Naipaul reveals his impressive depth of colonial Spanish culture he studied Spanish literature at Oxford and captures a believable portrait of a forgotten footnote of history The novel ends with the 'Naipaul' character once now in postcolonial Africa where he befriends an old colleague from the government office in Trinidad now become an important diplomat Through him Naipaul charts the possibility of so called 'mimic men' in the postcolonial world who find themselves able to adopt the airs and pretensions of colonial society yet can never enjoy its promise There are few authors who could pull off these disparate characters and worlds with any sense of believability much less total fluency And yet the book reads effortlessly full of dense history and philosophy yet with prose that it as light as air In the end the book simply reads like an engaging novel and the uniue form of the book raises no eyebrows to tell this story history had to be treated not as a progression of time but as the lens on a microscope a simple adjustment turns 1960 into 1560 which suggests that all the old problems remain if today slightly out of focus Whatever you think of his person or politics Naipaul remains one of our greatest writers and his books most of them if not all of them have a good chance of lasting into the next century as a complex portrait of the 20th century landscape


  3. Maria Maria says:

    Naipaul hm Like almost all nobel price winners he sports a very intellectual form of writing so you have to really WANT to read one of his books This has been my 4th so far After A Bend in the River The masue of Africa and Islammic Journey and I must admit its always similar you have to struggle in the first 100 pages because the writer is overwhelming you with personal details you would like to spare yourself No I am not interested to know EVERY detail of Naipauls life and his impressions of the people who surrounded him A little bit of this is fine but please don´t make it fill 20 pages His overall theme seems to be globalization the displacement of People who are from a colonial background and colonialism in itself themes I am very interested in But reading one of Naipauls books means you have to support every detail of Mr Naipauls opinion about a lot of things irrelevant to me until you are allowed to have a glimpse on the overall theme of his book colonialism in this case mixed with a historical overview of the displaced persons that are the heroes of this book Walter Raleigh Miranda Butler the revolutionary from Trinidad and some other local heros All of them interesting historical figures but I couldn´t stand the way Naipaul presents them in long long dialogues ostentatively displaying all of his knowledge about them and making a big thing out of it Sometimes I got the impression that he had a book of notes that he never had used and now it was used to fill in local details like the smell of rain or the colour of cement It´s not the insertion of these details that angered me but the way it seems to be artfully introducedgiving his writing an artificial smell Yes there were positive sides to this book But they were so scarce that I had to mark them IN the book Thoughts about colonisation and the ffelings of people who live in a colonized world the effects that this has on their personal feeling of the world And I learned something about the history of this part of the Caribbean Okay But I should rather have consulted Wikipedia instead of reading this bookI finished the book making a huge effort because I was rather inclined to put an end to reading at about page 220 I think this will be the last one I ever read of him because it didn´t get better but worser with every book I read from this author


  4. Deanna Deanna says:

    45 starsThis is my first Naipaul and I was blind to what to expect It’s almost impossible to categorize—memoir travel writing fiction social criticism and Based largely in Naipaul’s native now there’s a word worth discussing in the context of this book’s themes Trinidad this educated me further on the history of forceful migration and its cultural implications As for the reading I was surprised to find that the lengthy detailed description of time and place the richest part of the reading experience


  5. Manick Govinda Manick Govinda says:

    I am a huge admirer of VS Naipaul The Enigma of Arrival and A House for Mr Biswas are two of the best novels ever written in the 20th Century However I found this one to be uite a slog and a challenge Maybe I wasn't in the right frame of mind when reading it perhaps it's not a bedtime book Each chapter reads like a self contained story but linked by the meta narrative of European empire colonialism and Marxist or Black Nationalist anti colonial struggle it moves from the times of Sir Walter Raleigh and the 18th19th century Venezualian Spanish revolutionary Francisco de Miranda to contemporary times autobiographical reflections and a factional account of Naipaul's critical friendship with fellow Trinidadian intellectual and MarxistBlack nationalist CLR James The narrators thoughts on the CLR James character are not so kind However what Naipaul does is ask uestions and ponders on difficult themes he doesn't tub thump on causes he wants us to delve into the deep complexity of the human condition in finding a way in the world


  6. Jerry Pogan Jerry Pogan says:

    For the most part a sensational book although a little inconsistent It's a difficult book to categorize because it was part essay part historical and part autobiographical It was basically a historical account of the colonization of the Caribbean with highly fictionalized stories of Raleigh and Francisco de Miranda mixed in with autobiographical stories of the author himself The writing was magnificent and Naipaul's prose was worth the read alone regardless of the story subject matter


  7. Sairam Krishnan Sairam Krishnan says:

    There was a cricket player a spinner called Nagamootoo some years ago in a West Indian team I saw on television I was intrigued; the name could only be a version of Nagamuthu an unmistakable and typical name straight from the Tamil heartlands And it made me think of how the name could have gone to the islands would it have been his father or his grandfather who had gone and settled in the West Indies would they speak some form of Tamil at home would there be idols of Ganesh Pillaiyar in Tamil in a 'pooja' room and so on He carried a connection to me a language that he would probably have never known but the connection was thereIt is these connections that bubble up and disturb in what is one of the most brilliant books I've ever read I must note that if such a book so far away from the literary forms we know and recognize would have written by anyone else we all would have dismissed it as a freak show But this is Naipaul So we all pay attentionThe book is fiction non fiction and autobiography It is also Naipaul looking at himself through different lenses a sort of memoir Whatever it is it is infinitely beautiful as a portrait of a land and a peopleThere are several narratives in the book distinct and yet woven together like the intricacies of post colonial West Indian society the Indian merchant settlers the African plantation slaves the fleeing aborigines the lost Chinese and of course the English and the Spanish The major narratives are factualfictional accounts of 1 Naipaul's own early life as a writer2 A fellow Trinidadian's of the left leaning revolutionary variety life and writing3 A fading but important to Naipaul English writer 4 Sir Walter Raleigh whom we see looking for El Dorado in the Caribbean and failing 5 Francisco de Miranda whom we find trying to liberate Spanish South America and failingEach of these narratives has only one thing in common the Caribbean and it is through this lens that we look at history and culture and ambition and ultimately failure Loss and colonial baggage are what the themes mainly are but the book is also about other things bigger than the characters we meet There are unforgettable characters in each section beautiful terrible impossible characters And the writing is just magnificent The words seem to flow like the old stream near the old estates in Port of Spain that Naipaul describes lonely and cool and dazzling at the same time This was my first Naipaul and it has been a tumultuous initiation; this is high class literatureAt the end of the prelude there is this line I loved We cannot understand all the traits we have inherited Sometimes we can be strangers to ourselvesThat is what the book is in the end an attempt at understanding who and what we are A attempt that as the author wants us to understand will always be doomed to fail Therein lie the uestions and the answers we all seek


  8. Michael Armijo Michael Armijo says:

    Not a bad bookjust sort of 'scattered'To borrow the authors' own wordsthis book is a slippery piece of work You slip about and lose your footing It's nice and easy and clear and brilliant for many pagesthen you suddenly feel you've not been paying attention The author would say those periods are precisely the places you the reader have to identify as that is where the writer decides to add and hide things The book is VERY well written I learned a lot from the historical aspects of the novel There are four intersecting stories going on in this book and I think four separate EXCELLENT novels would have been a better arrangement It does assist in telling you that 'I have to discover myself again' And it profoundly hints that success comes from a little good luck talent knowledge and prestige I also laughed when I read a line in the book 'You are tormenting yourself needlessly' as that was how I felt at certain moments of reading this novel


  9. Simon Simon says:

    I really can't say I enjoyed reading this book I am actually surprised I finished it; since at times it is wooden and tiring There are other parts where Naipaul's talent shines but unfortunately they seem deeply flawed to me by the writer's perspective on race Not only has Naipaul made some outrageous comments on Muslims and women who have little of a role in this book in public I also perceived A Way in the World as fraught with racial stereotypes or at least perspectives on race that don't seem really egalitarian Combined with the personal memoire like style of the book interspersed with fragments of short stories this doesn't make the author appear very likable


  10. Suzanne Suzanne says:

    When I found this book I was intrigued by the description and had high expectations since Naipul is a Nobel Prize laureate The content was interesting but it seemed rather disjointed I found myself forgetting which characters were speaking who they were and how they were connected continually throughout the book Perhaps I was just distracted but this seemed like a book that was cobbled together from thoughts Naipul had for other longer works that he never worked out completely Each of the vignettes held so much promise but the way he executed the narrative left me wanting or wondering what the real point wasWhen I got midway through the book it seemed like Naipul had put my own thoughtsreview about this piece into words which made me wonder if he too had second thoughts about the way he wrote this piece and maybe tossed this gem in there to see if people were paying attentionPage 171 172 Even so I have read your book again and again It's a slippery piece of work if I can use that word You slip about you lose your footing It's nice and easy and clear and brilliant for a number of pages and then suddenly you feel you've not been paying attention You feel you've missed something So you go back You've missed nothing It's just that something's wrong with the writing This happens so many times So even if you're a careful reader you lose the drift of the narrative It's not easy noticing first of all that the writing has changed and then finding exactly where But those are precisely the places you have to identify Because those are the places where the writer decides to add things or hide thingsThere were so many points that I lost interest in the book and thought about giving it up However From that point of the excerpt above to the end many of the narratives and characters were entertaining perhaps I was making a concerted effort to find the places where the writer decides to add things or hide things This is the first book I've read from Naipul While I was disappointed in this one I'm not going to give up because so many of his books sound super interesting and I think he has an interesting perspective to write from with his Indian heritage in Trinidad


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